"I Wish Kate Could Just Lighten Up"

The Gosselin kids are adorable, all of them. I wish I could reach through the screen, and hug them all, then take them in my back yard to play. I'd let them make mud pies, wade in the creek, roll around and get grass stains on their clothes and dirt on their faces, pick up frogs, play with my dogs, dig in the dirt -- whatever. Not to freak Kate out, but just to let them be kids. I don't think Kate is evil, but she is sometimes very anal. I try to give her the benefit of the doubt. I want to root for her, and her family, because I want her to be the best mom she can be to those precious kids!

Remember the TLC show Kids by the Dozen? I wish Kate could go spend a week with Ma Winters, the one whose family opened the homemade dress store. The Winters family seemed diverse, content, thankful for their blessings, and very relaxed (in a chaotic, kooky sort of way!) and happy to be together. I wish Kate could just lighten up. I know that order is necessary in a family that big, but not to the point of constantly stressing yourself, your marriage, and your children out about it.

I also hope that Kate is more thankful for the charity and help they receive than how it comes across on TV. If I had someone that came over and folded my laundry every week out of the goodness of her heart, no matter how many kids I had, I would be showering that lady in flowers, candy and hugs on a regular basis! If you can afford a 1.7 million dollar house (the price of the one they were looking at here), maybe it's time to pass on the charity to other familes of multiples that are really struggling? I don't begrudge them the volunteers or charity they got when the 'tups were infants. I'm sure they needed it then, but it comes across as a little greedy and entitled now.

Although I like watching the kids grow up, I hope they don't do the show much longer. I worry that the kids will see themselves as having "roles", and feel like they have to live up to them. I don't think it's good for the kids, and will be worse as they get older and more self-aware. I think it's already affecting Cara and Mady greatly. If Kate wants the kids to have such a "normal" childhood, get them off TV!

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66 comments:

IMHO said...

Yes! An uplifting, hopeful post with wishes I thoughts I completely agree with! Thanks! I wish the same things - especially for those kids!

aly,benji n siennas mom said...

Great Post! That is probably the thing I hate most that the kids can't be KIDS. Get dirty and play and all the good stuff!

Anonymous said...

Here's what I would like to tell Kate:
"it's nice to be important...but it's more important to be nice."

Anonymous said...

I was inspired by the comment comparing Jon and Kate to the Clampetts and thought of another old tv family.

To the tune of the Addam's family theme...

Their whitened and their thinner
Got a chef to deliver dinner
Kate's a seasoned, tale spinner
The Kon Job family

Their house is a museum
Where all the world can see 'em
It's such a clever scheme
The Kon Job family

So grab a Gymbo shawl on
Kate's broomstick you can crawl on
IRS should pay a call on
The Kon Job family

Scruffy said...

Quote:
"Here's what I would like to tell Kate:
'it's nice to be important...but it's more important to be nice.'"

Too bad Kate is neither.

Anonymous said...

"Anonymous said...
Here's what I would like to tell Kate:
"it's nice to be important...but it's more important to be nice."


That sums it all up. Well said, Anon.

Anonymous said...

To the tune of the Addam's family theme...

Their whitened and their thinner
Got a chef to deliver dinner
Kate's a seasoned, tale spinner
The Kon Job family

Their house is a museum
Where all the world can see 'em
It's such a clever scheme
The Kon Job family

So grab a Gymbo shawl on
Kate's broomstick you can crawl on
IRS should pay a call on
The Kon Job family

I LOVE it! Song of the week!

I really think if Kate seemed at ALL nice, or the least bit kind, people would cut her a lot more slack.

Now she's just trying to squeeze juice out of a turnip. There WAS a time when she was exhausted and needed help and had real hardships. That time has passed. That ship has sailed.

I was exhausted too when my kids were very little and my husband traveled for weeks at a time. We were new to our state and I had no family here and hadn't yet made any friends, but..........that time is over, I can't cash those chips in NOW. Neither can Kate.

kgirl said...

In the previews for next week TLC is showing the kids painting themselves with melted chocolate...I just keep thinking YEAH they are finally going to be allowed to get messy and behave like everyday children.

The crayola episode broke my heart, why take them there if they weren't going to be allowed to play it was like kiddy torture.

Anonymous said...

What a great post! I watch every week, hoping and praying to see some glimpse that Kate is not as nasty as she comes across. You see flashes of some light when she shows her child-like glee at amusement parks and jelly fish and other life experiences that she doesn't seem to have experienced before. (I'm only guessing!)

However, one nice moment is ruined when she opens her mouth and spits out another rude remarks to some helpless bystander doing nothing more than trying to give her a helping hand. I'm not talking about gossip on the blogs. I'm talking about her snapping, nagging, and griping at the camera crew in her home, the helpers watching her children, and the volunteers doing everything else for her that she is too "exhausted" to do by herself.

The way she treats her husband is deplorable, but he is a grown man who can make his own decisions. I also see favoritism in her treatment of her kids, and we are only watching a half hour snippet of what goes on day to day!

I hope one day she can stand back, look at what she presents to the world and her family, and change all those things that are painfully obvious to everyone else.

She can't expect her children to "honor thy mother and father" if she has already shown them that she is not expected to do the same herself.

Actions speak louder than words, and considering how defeaning she hollars, imagine how thunderous her actions are!

Anonymous said...

Yeah...obviously TLC is being hounded by so many people...the chocolate episode will be more damage control...just like the wedding. UGH

Anonymous said...

Agree or not, this post is sane and well written. Thanks for an intelligent perspective.

Anonymous said...

I will not watch any show that has those two renewing their vows. How ludicrous, how artificial, how sickening, how stupid do they think we the public are? Jon is insane or dumber than he looks to do that even in jest!!!

And if the kids are given chocolate and allowed to get dirty -- HELLLOOO-- yeah, we get that it is staged for damage control. This pair has shown their true colors and were not even bright even to consider what the world would think.

Paul Petersen, where are you????

5monkeys said...

The crayola episode broke my heart, why take them there if they weren't going to be allowed to play it was like kiddy torture.

So true...She dresses the kids in such nice clothes, and takes them to a place where they will get messy, and then forbids them from doing anything messy so they DON'T get dirty. I don't understand why she doesn't dress them in clothes that aren't "important" so they CAN have fun and not worry about stains.

The same thing happened with the cupcake/4th birthday outing. The girls had brand new Gymboree dresses on, and of course Kate was having a cow at the bakery because they would get dirty.

She can be such a twit sometimes. Well, alot of the time.

Quinn said...

"In the previews for next week TLC is showing the kids painting themselves with melted chocolate...I just keep thinking YEAH they are finally going to be allowed to get messy and behave like everyday children."

When I saw that I was thinking...they have read this blog and are trying to make Kate look nicer! Actually they have been trying to make her look "nicer" in the past few episodes I think. Then that makes me think...if they can edit her to look nicer they can edit her to look meaner. Right? I'm just sayin...

And I completely agree with this post...if Kate wants a normal childhood for these kids, get them off TV! Amen and lordy bee to that!

They have made their money and the kids are almost in school so she CAN go back to work as a nurse part time. I would say full time would be really hard with eight kids, really. And Jon can go back to work as whatever he is. Seriously, enough is enough.

Moxie said...

I didn't know where to post this, but here's a link to a pic of the family in Hawaii, renewing their vows:
http://www.lilsugar.com/1865972

Such crappery. Now they're gonna parade their "love" for the world. Funny how no family cared to show... (I know they weren't invited). If they say her dress is Vera Wang or someone like that I might just throw up!

Ravello said...

The KONS got very greedy, signing for another season to film 40 to 50 episodes. We have seen different numbers on how many new shows this year.
They took a good thing (some TV money) and ran it into the ground at the expense of 8 children.

And I agree we are seeing damage control this season. They even had Joel riding with Kate on the beach. Now you know that would never just happen.
Kate spends a lot of time trading kids to get her preferred ones and she rarely bothers with the boys.

Patricia said...

My grandmother had 10 kid and had no helpers.
My grandfather provided for all of them.
I love this show. I would love it more if they edited out Kate more and it was called....

John and 8 minus Kate.

Anonymous said...

I watched the tummy tuck episode today... I think it might have been the first time I've seen it in its entirety. I know that there are many different schools of thought on Kate and the tummy tuck. I felt like the woman who arranged it was thoughtful and had Kate's best interest at heart. She seemed kind and warm.

I was also struck by how different Kate seemed. I've read many entries that mention Kate has always had a plan for success, etc. and I have no doubt there is truth in those comments.

It seemed to me like there was a distinct change in Kate's attitude after the hair coloring. Before the surgery, she seemed a little calmer, true to herself. The scenes where Jon is praying with Kate before the surgery seemed sincere to me. Jon & Kate seemed much happier then.

It's amazing how quickly things went wrong.

Nancy said...

Anon 2:57, that is the exact moment I saw the change in Kate. Her voice, her mannerisms, her attitude... all underwent a subtle change. She went into that beauty shop as a relatively normal mom with a lot of kids and came out a lot less likeable.

Anonymous said...

I just thought of something that never occurred to me until now...on the cupcake episode, why didn't she just bring a second Gymboree outfit for them to change into after church? It really wouldn't take 2700 hours or 4 weeks or whatever ridiculous number Kate said it would, plus it would give double exposure to her precious sponsor!

5monkeys said...

She went into that beauty shop as a relatively normal mom with a lot of kids and came out a lot less likeable.

I don't know why, but "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" came to mind. If only it were that easy an explanation! :D

5monkeys said...

why didn't she just bring a second Gymboree outfit for them to change into after church?

That would have been the logical thing to do...but she just can't seem to want to be bothered with extra "work". Plus the extra laundry. Which is a dumb reason, IMO...

I don't know why she doesn't realize that doing that would have saved alot of grief for everyone.

Fidelia said...

Excellent post. I agree with those up line that the chocolate is absolutely phony and so is the renewal if their vows!

They definitely are reading the blogs - no question in my mind. I just hope we are allowed to see the children, which is the only reason I tune into this Fiasco of Neurosis and Psychoses.

Chocolate....my big bum.

Fidelia

Kristee said...

~~They have made their money and the kids are almost in school so she CAN go back to work as a nurse part time. I would say full time would be really hard with eight kids, really. And Jon can go back to work as whatever he is. Seriously, enough is enough.

If they are indeed getting a free McMansion then they would be working their butts off to keep it without the show. I'm not sure what the heck Jon does, but Kate could go back to work 3rd shift as a nurse. She doesn't do the bedtime thing with her kids so she could sleep when Jon got home, go to work, then sleep all day while the kids are in school. That's what I did while my kids were little, actually a lot of nurses do this to support a family. I just can't imagine J n K working real jobs ever again. They are so spoiled with all the freebies that working for a living would be wayyyy beneath them.

They better hope and pray the tups stay as cute as they are now. Puberty does some pretty funky things to teens. How is Figure 8 going to put the cute factor into greasy skin, zits, raging hormones and mood swings? Oh wait, they are getting plenty of practice with Kate already! By the time puberty hits the tups, hopefully J and K will be coming out of it.

Travis said...

Why can't someone "donate" (because we know Kate won't pay for anything) personalized full body toddler smocks that she could just wipe off with all natural cleaner if they get dirty?

I mean really, come on, it's Gymboree. No offense but that is casual clothing compared to Zackali, Deux par Deux, Mis Tee V Us, and other boutique brands that cost WAY MORE MONEY (and would bring in more consignment cash).

Seriously, she acts extremely uppity about the free clothing. It's ridiculous. I'd be much more understanding if she wanted to keep things stain free to pass along to another family.

Let your kids have fun! Who cares if they get filthy,

Anonymous said...

Has anyone watched the show featuring the Harris sextuplets or the show featuring the Dilley kids at age 12? Both of those sets of kids and parents have their heads on straight. J & K should watch and see how it can be done and have fun at the same time. When I watched the Harris show last week I found myself laughing right out loud and then I realized they were laughing too. And I didn't see any of the parents(Harris or Dilley) hit each other.

Carla said...

Moxie said...I didn't know where to post this, but here's a link to a pic of the family in Hawaii, renewing their vows:
http://www.lilsugar.com/1865972


UGH!! The comments on that site were just heartbreaking. Every time I see a post saying, "Surely the sheeple will catch on after this episode!", I die a little inside. Nothing is ever going to get through to these people. Nothing!

Anonymous said...

To anon 6:50PM
I saw the Harris episode and the Dilley's at 12 that you mentioned in your post and i couldn't help but think I'd been transported to a different planet where people with multiple children live their lives without their hand, palm up, stuck out in front of them. These were refreshingly normal parents with refreshingly normal kids. As with the Gs there was probably hours upon hours of footage shot but they managed to put together a program with no hitting, derogatory comments, or more importantly the weekly "We could REALLY use one of those" (hint-hint) comments. (Which, truth be told, is the thing I wait for each week.)

Steph said...

By the time puberty hits the tups, hopefully J and K will be coming out of it.

Quote of the week contender!

Also: As I commented earlier, if they do indeed have a fully furnished McMansion, they WILL have to pay the IRS a crapload of money and/or they will have to make sure that those companies/sponsors are paid back in advertising "revenue". This means that either the show itself becomes one giant endorsement ("JON!!! Go wash this shirt in the GE front loading washer with Tide right now!" "In a second, Kate. I am on the Lazy Boy recliner couch playing Nintendo 360 with Aaden, who is on the floor with the carpet provided by Carpet Warehouse!")
OR-they will expect the family to endorse the products...similar to the one-time Campbells ad by the Dilleys, except for dozens of products. There is no such thing as a free ride.

JuliaG said...

I've only seen a few episodes of this show, my mom and I used to watch Trading Spaces and I guess that's why I still stop on this channel when I am looking for a show to watch. Anyways, I've ended up watching a bit of a Kate and Jon plus eight marathon and didn't understand what it was supposed to be about and perhaps I was missing some information like it was supposed to be a joke.
On catching other reruns at various times I realized no, it's not a joke. Now I've been searching the web to figure out what is going on. I don't know if I've enough time to read all of your entries but the lighten up remark in this entry hit me as right on the money. I thought Kate was going to start beating on someone over the gum on the bear. Really I got fearful for the child. The people producing this show thought that was fun to include in an episode? Just color me clueless.
I don't think I will intentionally watch any further episodes because I don't want to see if she finally ends up doing something regretful. But I think I will come back to read more about what exactly is suppose to be the appeal of this show. I just don't get it.

Anonymous said...

That's OK. She's chomping at the bit for commercial spots for her kids anyhow. She wants the world to see her kids on TV ALL the time.

5monkeys said...

That's OK. She's chomping at the bit for commercial spots for her kids anyhow. She wants the world to see her kids on TV ALL the time.

Very sad...my heart aches for these children. If they did end up being homeschooled, it would only be so they can be on their own schooling schedule so they can "work", and not be bound to the traditional school days, and having to miss school, be behind on lessons,etc.

Anonymous said...

Maybe their goal is to get all the kids into show biz when the show runs its course? Maybe they will eventually get the production company to buy them a theatre in Branson so they have the kids perform?

I cannot picture J&K giving up the limelight that easy when the show does finally end. Until the kids are old enough to say "NO!" they will probably find other ways to exploit them.

Katherine said...

If you watch a marathon from the beginning to the present, the change over both parents is painfully obvious. Although Jon has the same sort of non-chalant attitude about everything, you do notice him trying to back up Kate more and try to justify all the new changes going on in their lives.

Kate is like the houseguest who is on their best behavior for the first few days, and then rips off the mask when she feels right at home. On season two and the start of season 3, her interviews and mannerisms show someone who feels entitled to everything they have and a "kiss-my-ass" attitude towards anyone who doesn't like it or doesn't agree with her.

Maybe after their PR firm was hired, more scripted interviews were set up and Kate and Jon have undergone some coaching. Their spontaneous verbal outburts justifying the different instances most fans have been up in arms about have been replaced with carefully worded, slowly spoken dialogue that seems to be read off a queue card! I haven't checked, but I bet you the voice-overs have been changed since the original episodes were aired.

Yes, I noticed that the more "oh-no-she-didn't!" scenes have been cut out on re-runs, and Kate has taken the bite out of her tone lately. "The good, the bad, and the ugly" that they claim was fair to use if it was caught on tape, is now a filtered, white-washed parody of what this show originally was.

Frankly, I don't care what financial gain they are getting for this farce, but they should get up off the street corner and put away the homeless costume, because selective truth is just the same as lying in my book.

And I also agree: If those parents are "acting" in this realty show, then those kids are child actors and should be monitored as such by the proper authorities.

Kristee said...

~~~I cannot picture J&K giving up the limelight that easy when the show does finally end. Until the kids are old enough to say "NO!" they will probably find other ways to exploit them.~~~

I think you are right. From the early home video's you can tell Kate loves performing for the camera. I'll never forget that spastic, twirling frog dance she did in the Magic Kingdom, and the baby voice she used when talking about "more shopping."
When the tups get old enough to say no, Kate will most likely have another child or another business venture to live off of. The sad thing I see now is Mady trying to say NO to the camera's by running from them or putting her hand up. It's to bad no one is paying attention to her protests...and when they do see something it's blamed on bad behavior or Kate's all time favorite, low blood sugar.

Anonymous said...

J&K probably made a deal that Figure 8 would pay all taxes; including that in the fee would be a way to get out of paying one red cent. These two don't have a brain between them and yet they have sold their souls to the devil for all these possessions and are continuing to do so. Someone else must be advising them.

As to their renewal of vows, does anyone know when that will be shown because I do not want to accidentally turn it on. Tell me they don't have the little ones standing around in matching outfits (although I know they must).

Did anyone ever see an old I Love Lucy in which the Ricardos are making fun of those live shows in the 50s that were just one big commercial? The actors were supposedly at home and would come out of the bedroom and talk about how much they loved their Sleep-A-Lot (or whatever) mattress and how they couldn't wait to drink their Love-that-Taste (or whatever) coffee, on and on. That is probably what'll happen here, right? YUCK!

Regarding damage control. I hope they do read this site because here's a tip for them --- too late!! You aren't that good of actors. We can see right through you guys. We already know what you are like and how the kids are. That is insulting to those of us who tune in to see the children.
Barbara in VA

Anonymous said...

I wish that I could speak to Kate. If I could, I would just tell her one thing: You will NEVER be Beth. You can have all of the money and stuff in the world and you will NEVER be Beth.

Anonymous said...

Katherine, you are right about that "kiss my ass" attitude Kate has about anyone who remotely disagrees with her. I wouldn't be the new nanny, jenni, for anything in this world.
Barbara in VA

Miss Chris said...

I just found this blog and have been watching Jon and Kate with my 10 year old daughter for a few months. Mu daughter loves the little kids. But she has told me several times "Mom, I'm soooooo glad you aren't like Kate. And I'm sure dad's happy you aren't like her too!" What a clever observation from my 10 year old.

Katherine said...

Anonymous said...
I wish that I could speak to Kate. If I could, I would just tell her one thing: You will NEVER be Beth. You can have all of the money and stuff in the world and you will NEVER be Beth.




Ha!! You got that right!! I thought I was the only one who noticed Kate drooling over Beth's property and stuff!! Now that she's moved on to bigger and better, I'm sure she'll find someone else to befriend and covet after. It's so sad when someone is so transparent and doesn't even know it.

Anonymous said...

Random thoughts - probably some of these have been covered in other posts and comments:

1. What appeal is this show going to have when the little kids start school? They won't have all the activities and theme parks going on all the time. Therefore, since they are 4, the move to the McMansion to continue all the filming stuff seems late, IMO...

2. Remember when they had someone come over to work on the wills? If Kate continues cutting every friend and family member out of their lives, who will assume responsibility for the kids, if a tragedy occurs?

3. I have never met someone who could treat people so poorly and cut people out of their lives, especially caring family members. That is just not right. Then, go on and try to act all Miss Christian woman on tv. Give me a break.

4. I sure hope Beth got a big fat paycheck from co-authoring the book. I'm not sure why she is out of the picture on the show, but I relate it to Aunt Jodi and assume Kate cut her out. I hope she laughs all the way to the bank. For that matter, I hope all of those production people that have to deal with Kate's nagging and belittling are also laughing to the bank, too.

Anonymous said...

Where did the Dilley/Harris episodes air? I wanted to see if those will be rerun, so I can see them. Thanks,

MartaLou said...

Anonymous said..."As to their renewal of vows, does anyone know when that will be shown because I do not want to accidentally turn it on. Tell me they don't have the little ones standing around in matching outfits (although I know they must)."

I have no clue as to when the show will be on, but I have seen an online photo. Picture everyone dressed in white, including Kate in a (gasp!) wedding gown. And yes, everyone else is matchy-matchy.

Anonymous said...

2. Remember when they had someone come over to work on the wills? If Kate continues cutting every friend and family member out of their lives, who will assume responsibility for the kids, if a tragedy occurs?

You know, I've thought about this too...if I remember correctly, the people willing to take all eight were Jodi/Kevin and Beth/Bob. Let's face it, those people LOVE the kids and if Jon and Kate were out of the picture I think they'd be more than willing to be the new parents.

Anonymous said...

Yes, I thought the same thing! How could she do this to the people she was leaving her kids with if she died?

It really is amazing...

Anonymous said...

TO anon 10:54 Am
Then Came Six ( the show about the (Harris Family) and the Dilley Family special were on Discovery Health.

Anonymous said...

TLC/Figure 8 has definitely been trying to "soften" up Kate in the past few episodes. Her clothes 'softer' and more colorful, her hair is lighter and a TAD less harsh, and she's even lightened up on the makeup.

They can keep at it, but unless they wire her jaw shut, Kate isn't going to come across any differently.

Melibee said...

"So true...She dresses the kids in such nice clothes, and takes them to a place where they will get messy, and then forbids them from doing anything messy so they DON'T get dirty. I don't understand why she doesn't dress them in clothes that aren't "important" so they CAN have fun and not worry about stains."

Hogwash. My kids where Gymboree clothing as their regular everyday clothing. And other brand names that are more expensive than Gymboree and Gap. My boys wear it to school where they color, even (gasp!) with markers, paint, enjoy the playground and eat meals without bibs. They wear it to the park and to play in the yard. I have NEVER had a grass stain that a simple squirt of Oxy spray didn't take care of in the wash. Their clothes look just as great once they are outgrown as they did the day I bought them. Seriously. Sometimes I consign them and sometimes I'll pack them away for a younger sibling to grow into one day. That shrew's freak-outs at Crayola had nothing to do with the clothing, it has EVERYTHING to do with KATE and her neurotic state of having to control everything.

I dress my kids in the clothing I do because I think the clothes are cute and I enjoy it. I will never allow *my* enjoyment of seeing my children nicely dressed compromise their enjoyment of just being kids.

quinn said...

Anonymous (1:25pm)said...
TLC/Figure 8 has definitely been trying to "soften" up Kate in the past few episodes. Her clothes 'softer' and more colorful, her hair is lighter and a TAD less harsh, and she's even lightened up on the makeup.

They can keep at it, but unless they wire her jaw shut, Kate isn't going to come across any differently.
-----------------------------------

Yeah, because her arms would still free to bitch slap Jon whenever she feels like it.

Anonymous said...

"TLC/Figure 8 has definitely been trying to "soften" up Kate in the past few episodes. Her clothes 'softer' and more colorful, her hair is lighter and a TAD less harsh, and she's even lightened up on the makeup.

They can keep at it, but unless they wire her jaw shut, Kate isn't going to come across any differently."

Ain't that the truth? It's like putting lipstick on a pig. All Kate has to do is open her mouth and destroy any damage control spinning her in a kinder, gentler light.

Anonymous said...

My one big issue with the show is how abusive Kate is towards her husband. If he were to put he down and hit her the way she hits him, people would be outraged and he would probably be arrested for domestic violence.

Anonymous said...

Another thing that bothers me about this show... (don't get me wrong I watch it religiously)is that they never give back to anyone???? They just take and take. It never shows them giving or helping others... The parents seem to be very selfish.

5monkeys said...

Hogwash. My kids where Gymboree clothing as their regular everyday clothing.

So do two of my children (girls, 6 & 4).

We all know Kate consigns the kids clothes, that's why she is anal about keeping them squeaky clean. Stained clothing won't fetch as much $$ as something that looks new.

I know she is a control freak, but that isn't the only reason she doesn't want their clothes to get dirty. Remember the cupcake episode (4th bday)? She was going crazy they whole time in the bakery, worrying about them getting dirty. She should have brought a change of clothes with them. Is she that stupid that she didn't think of taking a change of clothes, or bring aprons? They were going to a bakery to make cupcakes.

sistah2 said...

5 monkeys, I believe that she did have huge aprons that she did make each child wear. That was part of the outrage about this show - it did not make sense. They were covered with aprons and still, she freaked out about them getting 'dirty'.

Anonymous said...

Just wanted to weigh in on the clothing issue. I think that teaching your kids the difference between "good clothes" and "play clothes" is important. I would never tell my kids that it doesn't matter if they rip or stain "good clothes." It does. I can't afford for it not to. Clothes do stain and rip, so I can understand the need to say "you can't play in the mud in that outfit." Of course kids need clothes that CAN get stained and ripped without anyone getting upset. Kate needs to teach her kids to take care of what they have and be careful in their good clothes, but she also needs to provide play clothes for them to get dirty and messy in. I wouldn't want my kids making cupcakes in their church clothes. Of course, unlike Kate, I would A.not go to a bakery in church clothes; B. bring a change of clothes; or C. bring some shirts or smocks that cover the good clothes completly.

Anonymous said...

What everybody is missing about the bakery scene is this: Kate is too lazy to take the time and change their clothes. I think she even mentions that it would take too much time to change them in the episode. Plain lazy. Children are only children once. It does take work, but it is time that parents can never get back.

Also, I remember seeing them put the smock things on before entering the bakery. And she still went nuts.

Many times, her actions are unexplainable... makes you wonder about her.

5monkeys said...

sistah2 said...
5 monkeys, I believe that she did have huge aprons that she did make each child wear


I forgot about that! It seems like forever since that episode aired, and they (oddly) haven't re-run it.

Anonymous said...

It's so strange, this last Christmas I actually went out and bought toys for each of the kids. Now, I am male, single and don't have any children, but I remember how my folks struggled with my father's small salary raising three children in an apartment in NYC. I really wanted to do something special for the kids, as Kate mentioned how hard it was on the holidays with so many kids. But something inside told me not to send the gifts. I actually donated them to the Toys For Tots Program which The Marine Corps sponsors. Then came their birthdays, and I once again went out and bought toys, this time sending them along with some cash. I received an acknowledgement email thanking me fo the $$$ but no mention of the toys. I guess I sort of figured then and there what was going on.

A Sheeple no more!

Chris said...

Somehow I doubt if we'll ever see the cupcake episode again. That seems to be the turning point in how a lot of people see the Go$$elin$.

If I had been the producer that episode never would have been aired. Between how they treated the bakery ladies, the blatant favoritism toward the girls, and everything else, the entire episode would have been better off never shown.

Evileye said...

IMO, the cupcake issue was not all about keeping the clothes clean. I think that Kate did not want to do the activity so she ruined it for everyone else. She was quite immature when the kids were decorating the cupcakes. She tried to control the activity so others would hate it too. It did not work, she then didn't allow the boy tups to eat their cakes. Well I guess their day became immediately as worse hers.

Anonymous said...

I think the Go$$elin$ should add this to their family statement:

"Money is no object - especially if it's someone else's."

Anonymous said...

I think Evileye used the operative word to describe Kon - immature. J&K are both very immature individuals still growing up themselves, and haven't dealt very well with their own issues. How then, can we expect them to be able to guide the little ones properly.

Anonymous said...

Consignment cloths with the price labels on and never been worn do not bring in much money.

Christi said...

Consignment cloths with the price labels on and never been worn do not bring in much money.

I find that hard to believe, after seeing the prices for Gymboree auctions on Ebay. Even used Gymboree outfits can bring prices almost equal to their retail price. New clothes of a decent brand name (and I consider Gymboree to be pretty decent, at least around here) should sell well for a nice price.

Moons in Leo said...

Kate - Please STOP WITH THE CONSTANT GUM CHEWING!!!
Treat people as you would like to be treated.
It was 113 degrees at Sesame Place. Did anyone stop to think how hot it was for the employees in character costumes?!
The conductor on the train at Strasburg was imparting some information that most normal people would have found interesting. There was no reason for you to be so rude.
The world does not revolve around you and your family.

beachluvin said...

christi said:
"New clothes of a decent brand name (and I consider Gymboree to be pretty decent, at least around here) should sell well for a nice price."

Especially multiplied by eight!